Bookstock – Non Profit Metro Detroit Used Book Sale – Schedule & Specials


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I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

I love books and reading and  I know how important reading is for  both children and adults. Books can be expensive though and that it why I am a huge advocate for using your local library. However, kids especially love to have books that they can own and read again and again That is why I was excited to learn about  Bookstock. It is a huge book sale that benefits non-profits in Michigan. Books at a great price and helping out those in need. That is a win/ win in my book!

Bookstock is an annual, non-profit used book and media sale. All merchandise sold comes from donations and all workers and organizers are volunteers. Proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations and merchandise remaining after the sale is donated to area non-profit organizations and schools.

100,000 ITEMS! Pre-sorted books and merchandise

  • Current fiction, children’s books, biographies, cookbooks
  • Records and CD’s
  • DVD’s and Videos
  • Books on tape
  • Dozens of Categories


April 27 to May 4, 2014

  • Pre-sale: Sunday, 8:15 a.m. — 11 a.m.  $20 entry fee for first shot at the books. Buy your pre-sale admission ticket here. 
  • During regular sale hours, admission is FREE!
  • Sale Hours:
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
    • Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. — 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Most books cost between $1 — $4.


Laurel Park Place
37700 W. 6 Mile Road
(1/4 mile east of I-275)


This year, Bookstock will feature five days of special sales:

  • Monday Madness — Monday, April 28: One lucky buyer will receive a $500 gift card and 750 shoppers will receive spectacular giveaways.
  • Teacher Appreciation Day — Tuesday, April 29: Bookstock is celebrating teachers by giving 50 percent off to all teachers with a valid ID, from 3 — 9 p.m. At 5 p.m. Bookstock B.E.S.T.* Awards, (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School/Teacher) will be presented to fourth grade students from Detroit Public Schools who best describe how “My Favorite Book…and Why.” Awards will be presented by a Local 4 News personality and cash prizes will be given to five students, their teachers and their schools.
  • Bookbuster Special Days — Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1: Buy 3 books and get the 4th book *free (*least expensive item), from 3 — 9 p.m. Spend $25 or more and be entered in a special drawing for a football signed by Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Staffrord or an exciting sports collectible.
  • Half Price Finale — Sunday, May 4: All remaining books and media will be sold for half price!

Bookstock is brought to the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council, and a consortium of communal non-profit organizations that support education and literacy projects throughout metro Detroit.


Bookstock benefits the entire community by recycling gently used books and media and then offering them for sale at value prices.  Most books and media range in price from $1-$4, although there are “special selections” (more valuable books) at various price points. This is a great chance to stock up on books at amazing prices!

Plus this is a cause you can get behind. In 12 years, Bookstock has donated just shy of $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations in Detroit and the metro area, including those comprising its coalition.  Additionally, Bookstock donates large quantities of unsold books to other non-profit organizations and schools.  For example, the Salvation Army receives the bulk of the remaining books and media.  Bookstock also underwrites a scholarship at the Wayne State University School of Library Science and supports the Bookstock Fund, a literacy fund that provides micro-grants to enhance literacy and learning in Detroit and the metro area.


For more information about Bookstock, call (248) 645-7840, ext. 365 or visit, or follow on Facebook  or Twitter.


Unique Ideas for Easter Baskets for Toddlers

Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers
Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

If you are looking for really fun and unique Easter basket ideas for toddlers, check out all of the fun things we have found for their baskets. At our house, we stuff our kids’ baskets a few small toys and just a tiny bit of candy. I like to find fun things to keep my kids busy for the Spring and Summer months.

If you want to save this fun list for later, press the “pin-it” button above to pin this list to your Pinterest.  [Read more...]

LEGO KidFest Novi Mi Tickets & Ticket Giveaway

legokidfestnovi Disclosure: I am a US Family Guide Blogger and was supplied tickets in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own.

Last day to enter to win!

My family loves Legos and we are so excited that the LEGO KidsFest is returning to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, April 25 – 27, 2014! I am not sure who is more excited me or the girls.

LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests

LEGO KidsFest Novi Sessions

Five identical sessions are available:

Friday, April 25

4 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 26

Session I: 9 am — 1:30 pm

Session II: 3 pm — 7:30 pm Child

Sunday, April 27

Session I: 9 am — 1:30 pm

Session II: 3 pm — 7:30 pm

(Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities)

LEGO KidsFest Activities:

  • LEGO Model Museum – Walk among miniature and life-size models, built entirely of LEGO bricks. Be sure to bring your camera – plenty of cool photo opportunities abound!
  • LEGO Movie – Citizens of Bricksburg unite! Join Emmett and Wyldstyle to defeat Lord Business from taking over the world. As Master Builders your imagination & creativity are needed to build extraordinary vehicles and stop Lord Business.
  • LEGO Mixels -Meet the Mixels! These mischievous little creatures, who mix and combine in unpredictable ways, always seem to stir up crazy and hilarious adventures.
  • Brick Battle Zone – Don’t just watch from the sidelines – be a part of the show! The Brick Battle Zone is full of engaging competitions and challenges where audience participation is a must. Relay Races, Tower Speed Builds and Bridge Building contests will excite, inspire and amaze all who rise to the challenge!
  • LEGO Castle -Enter LEGO Medieval times and build with other Knights and Damsels to create a Kingdom and defend if from the evil Dragon Wizard and his fire-breathing dragon!
  • LEGO Friends- Welcome to Heartlake City, home of the LEGO Friends! Their world and their story are yours to create. Build Heartlake City and immerse yourself in the story by adding the next adventure for the LEGO Friends – the possibilities are endless!
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games
  • Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • Big Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets

LEGO KidsFest Michigan Tickets

Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to

This event sold out last year, so be sure to  buy your tickets in advance 


One of my readers will win TWO tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, April 25, 2014 (4-8:30 p.m.). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, tag #LEGOKidsFest, follow on Twitter, and/or follow on Pinterest for all the latest ticketing updates. You must be 18 to enter and you can enter once per day. There will be a random drawing by USFG on Wednesday, March 26!

Please visit this link to register to win {this is a link for ONLY Everyday Savvy Readers}

Enter to win LEGO Kidfest Novi Opening Night Tickets Here


Good luck and remember you can increase your odds be entering to win once per day!

New Fisher Nut Exactly Snack – Available at Costco & $50 Costco Gift Card Giveaway


Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter this great giveaway!

Fisher Nuts is launching a first-of-its-kind snack product — Fisher Nut Exactly — exclusively at Costco stores in the Midwest. This sweet yet savory snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in rich 66% cacao dark chocolate.

They sent us a bag to try them out and my family loves them so much that the 15 oz bag was almost gone in two days. We have been snacking on them while watching our favorite teams in March Madness. I love that their are no artificial ingredients. I checked the ingredient list and am happy to say that there is nothing on the list I can’t pronounce.

Fisher Nut Exactly is available at Midwest Costco stores beginning today March 21. They are only available for a limited time and cost  $6.99 (15-ounce package). They are available in the following states:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Want to try them yourself? Costco stores throughout the Midwest will also have sampling of Fisher Nut Exactly on:

  • Sunday, March 23
  • Saturday, March 29
  • Wednesday, April 2
  • Thursday , April 10

Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack

Fisher Nuts gave me a prize pack to give away to one of you.  The prize pack includes 1 package of Fisher Nut Exactly and  a $50 Costco Gift Card!

Enter to win below. You must be 18 years old and a U.S. resident to enter.

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Disclosure: I received a prize pack for my personal use and to sample. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Outdoor Toys

 Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Outdoor Toys

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Outdoor Toys

Get ready for Spring with some really fun outdoor toys in your kids’ baskets this year. I love tucking a really fun outdoor toy in my kids’ Easter basket and they are just thrilled on Easter morning. It gets them excited about playing outside and I can hide the fact that I didn’t stuff their Easter baskets with tons of candy. We have found so many neat options. I especially love the fun LED-lighted toys.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Arts and Crafts

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Arts and Crafts

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Arts and Crafts

One of my favorite things to do is to stuff arts and crafts supplies in my kids’ Easter baskets. In my mind, I am restocking to keep my kids busy in the coming months. I find that when I buy high-quality arts and craft supplies they last longer. If you need Easter basket ideas for kids, check out all of the neat things we have found to help you build your Easter baskets.

You can save this fun list of Easter basket ideas to your Pinterest by pressing the “pin-it” button above.
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Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

Unique Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

If you plan to build your own Easter basket this year and need some fun ideas for girls, we have found some great non-candy items. At our house, I like to do just a tiny bit of candy and a few small other things. Sometimes I like to include a book, some small toys and other years, I add art supplies or fun things for the upcoming Summer. I like to choose practical items or things that will last my kids a while. Check out all of our great ideas.

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Fun Ideas for Easter Baskets for Boys

 Fun Easter Basket Ideas for Boys that are Not Candy

Easter Baskets for Boys


If you are filling easter baskets for boys this year, we have some great ideas of non-candy items you can put in your baskets this year. At our house, we put just a small amount of candy in the kids’ baskets and we like to add a few small toys or books to fill the baskets. They already get so much candy at local Easter egg hunts that we like to limit the sweets, plus I like to restock things like art supplies, reading materials or outdoor toys.

To pin this list to your Pinterest boards for later, press the “pin-it” button above.

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Bargain Shopper Mom Is Now Everyday Savvy

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You may have noticed a little over a week ago a few changes to the website. I decided to rebrand Bargain Shopper Mom to Everyday Savvy. For awhile I have felt a disconnect between the name Bargain Shopper Mom and what I want this website to be. I want the website to be a resource for you to help you live your best life  on a budget everyday. Sometimes I will just highlight things I love and there might not be a deal.  I know many of you liked out great gift ideas series during the holidays.  These gift idea list can come in handy all year round for birthdays as well. [Read more...]

Kroger Marketplace Tour – Shelby Township Mi – One Stop Shopping


Last week the first Michigan Kroger Marketplace location opened. It is it on the northwest corner of 23 Mile and Hayes in Shelby Township. The address is  4945 23 Mile Rd. I had a chance to take a tour of the store before they opened and was quite impressed.

The store has so much to offer. I love that it is one stop shopping.  Grab your groceries, a toy for a birthday party and even get your watch battery changed all at one location. I was happy to see  they have a huge organic produce section and lots of Michigan products including a large selection Michigan beers and wine.

This video will give you a store tour with pictures.

Kroger Marketplace Specialty Departments


Murray’s Cheese Shop

  • Murray’s Cheese has been in business since 1940 and started moving into the grocery market as a way to offer cheeses to more people. It opened the first Kroger outlet six years ago in Cincinnati, where Kroger is headquartered.
  • Murray’s Cheese is a well-respected cheese store in Greenwich Village of New York, with another location at Grand Central Terminal.
  • At the Shelby Twp. Kroger Marketplace customers will have access to more than 200 specialty cheeses, handpicked by Murray’s Cheese.
  • Over the past three years, Murray’s has trained more than 1,000 Kroger associates in their “red jacket training” program. Kroger staffs each location with a cheesemaster and cheese associates who have received extensive cheese service training from Murray’s. Before each store opening, the cheesemaster and store managers travel to New York City for on-the-ground training at Murray’s Cheese flagship location.
  • If you don’t know anything about cheese or if you know everything about cheese, it will be fun to shop at Kroger and learn from the cheese experts in the Deli department. It’s a choose-your-own adventure at the cheese counter. Murray’s philosophy is taste before you buy so you’re welcome to swing by anytime to try a new cheese.

Deli/Bakery department

  • The deli department offers a fresh, sushi, hot soup, and an olive island.
  • In the Bakery department, customers have access to a state-of-the-art, user-friendly bread slicer for fresh, Artisan bread made daily.

Produce, Floral and Natural Food department

  •  More than 120+ organic fruit and vegetables, and a wide selection of fresh cut fruits available.
  • The Produce department features a grind your own peanut butter machine (in Natural Foods department).
  • The Natural Food department offers a full line of Organic and Natural Simple Truth items.
  • In the Floral department, customers can build their own bouquet of fresh cut flowers and choose from a variety of balloons and custom gift baskets.

Baby World

  • Parents can find everything they need in one fast stop in the Shelby Twp. Kroger Marketplace Baby World department.
  • The department carries a wide selection of baby basics in addition to baby food, formula, and diapers, such as baby apparel, bibs, cribs, playards, car seats, strollers, high chairs, baby swings and more.
  • Baby items are sold at budget-friendly prices and include brands such as Graco.

  Houseware department

  • Customers can find all their kitchen essentials in the Houseware department, including utensils, dinnerware, small appliances, glassware and cookware.
  • Quality brands are sold in the Kitchen Place department, including Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Pyrex.
  • The department also offers Dyson Vacuums and Keurig coffee makers.

  Toy department

  • Customers can find a wide selection of toys, games, and plush animals for all ages.
  • Popular brands sold, include Lego, Disney, Barbie, Nerf, Fisher Price, Preskool, Mattel, Hasbro and Hotwheels.

  Apparel department

  • Men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and shoes are available in the Apparel department.
  • Great style and familiar brands, including Champion, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co., Gloria Vanderbilt, Fila, Carhartt, Sketchers and more.

Fred Meyer Jewelers

  • Located inside the Shelby Twp. Kroger Marketplace, Fred Meyer Jewelers offers an extensive variety of quality fine jewelry, including everything from diamond bridal and engagement jewelry to brand name watches.
  • Also offers fun and fashionable gemstone jewelry, men’s and children’s jewelry and exclusive brands, collections and pieces.


  • Grab your favorite Starbucks drink or treat
  • Enjoy the free wi-fi service

I you live nearby, be sure to check out the new Michigan Kroger Marketplace.  You can find this week’s Kroger sales and coupon matchups here. 

Disclosure: Kroger invited some bloggers, including myself, to tour and review the new Kroger Marketplace. I was provided with a Kroger gift card and a swag bag from both Fred Meyer Jewelers and Murray’s Cheese as thanks for my post and participation.              

Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park Day Pass Giveaway – $100 Value

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Today is the last day to enter. Don’t miss your chance to win!


Did you read my Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park review?  We had such a great time. It was especially nice considering the horrible winter. We left the polar vortex behind and were in 82 degree warmth. [Read more...]

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